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With the Lord

As reported in the Mar/Apr 2016 issue.

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Rev. Delmas Pardee Bramble

June 27, 1925–December 6, 2014

Born in Bishops Head, Md., Delmas attended Baltimore City College and received a mechanical engineering certificate. On September 21, 1946, he married Alanda Louise. Delmas worked in a variety of jobs for many years, including construction, canning, and carpentry. For nearly 25 years, he was the pastor of Chateau Community Church (C&MA) in Cambridge, Md., and he also pastored Bishops Head Wesleyan Church for more than 20 years. Delmas was an honorary member of the Lakes & Straits Voluntary Fire Company (Wingate, Md.) as well as a member of the Senior Council in Cambridge. He loved animals and enjoyed making new friends. Delmas is survived by his wife, nephew, and many great-nieces and nephews.

Rev. Richard Harry Slater

July 17, 1925–June 27, 2015

Richard was born in Coesse, Ind. In 1943, he enlisted in the Naval Air Force where he began officer’s training school in hopes of becoming a pilot. But as WW II was waning, he was stationed in Puerto Rico as a driver. On November 13, 1948, Richard married Hazel Goodrich. After working as a test driver for International Harvester and as a carpenter, Richard attended St. Paul Bible College (now Crown College in St. Bonifacius, Minn.) and was ordained by the C&MA in 1969. During nearly 24 years of C&MA ministry, Richard pastored churches in Florissant, Mo. (1966–1970); Duluth, Minn. (1970–1975); and Webster (1975–1977) and Green Bay, Wis. (1981–1990). Following Hazel’s death, he married Gwendolyn (Gwen) McCurdy of Ironton, Mo. Richard loved cars, airplanes (he obtained his pilot’s license after being discharged from the military), fishing, and storytelling. He was known for his wonderful sense of humor and generous heart, once having literally given away the coat on his back. His passion was to lead people to Jesus Christ, and he shared the gospel with everyone he met. Richard was predeceased by his wife Hazel; son Dennis; daughters Diana and Kay; and stepson Bruce; he is survived by his second wife Gwen; daughters Barbara, Vicki, and Marcia; and stepchildren Dale, Mark, Rick, Grace, and Lynn. He had 10 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, 12 step-grandchildren, and 7 step–great grandchildren.

Rev. Dwight Greeley Anderson

November 7, 1923–June 30, 2015

Dwight was born in Houlton, Maine, and attended the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College) where he met Elizabeth Grace Kegerize. Both were C&MA pastor’s children. They married in Akron, Ohio, August 18, 1944, and graduated in May 1945. During 43 years of C&MA ministry, Dwight and Betty served churches in Stoney Knob, Weaverville (1946–1948), and Lexington, N.C (1947–1950); Central Falls, R.I.; Seekonk, Mass. (1951–1961); and Norwich, Conn. (1961–1979). The couple used their complementary talents in music and pastoral care to touch many lives, opening their home to traveling evangelists, missionaries, and others. Two churches and two parsonages were built during his ministry years. While serving in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, Dwight directed children’s camp at Camp Hebron, the New England District camp. He also served on most district committees. After Dwight was elected superintendent of the New England District in 1979, the Andersons moved to South Easton, Mass., where Dwight traveled with Betty throughout the district to encourage and help new pastors. The couple completed two missions trips to C&MA African and Latin American fields. After they officially retired in 1989, the Andersons continued to minister for 19 years in the Norwich (Conn.) Alliance Church until they moved to Shell Point Retirement Community in Fort Myers, Fla., in 2008. Dwight was predeceased by his wife; he is survived by sons Dave, Dan, and Tim; daughters Jeri, Beth, and Bonnie; 13 grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.

Eldora Christine Huffman

June 20, 1946–July 8, 2015

Born in Stoughton, Wis., Eldora came to Christ at an early age. She earned her bachelor’s degree in missionary nursing from St. Paul Bible College (now Crown College in St. Bonifacius, Minn.), attended Milwaukee County General Hospital School of Nursing, and received her MPS from Alliance Theological Seminary (Nyack, N.Y.). She also attended Jaffray School of Missions and Toronto Institute of Linguistics. On August 22, 1970, she married Rev. Terry Huffman in Janesville, Wis. The Huffmans began C&MA ministry in Renville, Minn., and served for 27 years as international workers in the Philippines, where Eldora was involved primarily with translation projects and teaching responsibilities. Prior to their retirement, Terry and Eldora were the pastoral couple at Heartland Alliance Church (Baxter, Minn.). Eldora renewed her RN license, providing end-of-life care to her parents and returning to work as a home health-care nurse. She also served as treasurer of the Little Falls (Minn.) Alliance Church. Eldora is survived by her husband; daughter Susan; sons Craig and Michael; and 4 grandchildren.

David B. Hustad

August 27, 1921–July 19, 2015

David was born in Sioux Agency Township, Yellow Medicine County, Minn., and raised on a farm in rural Echo. He attended St. Paul Bible College (now Crown College in St. Bonifacius, Minn.). On January 2, 1945, David married Viola Arnold. During more than 47 years of C&MA ministry, David served churches in Renville (1944–1948) and Robbinsdale, Minn. (1948–1965); Cedar Rapids, Iowa (1965–1973); and St. Paul (1973–1983) and Apple Valley, Minn. (1984–1991). He also served on the North Central District Executive Committee, the MidAmerica District Executive Committee, the Alliance Board of Managers, and Crown College Board of Trustees. After retirement, David was editor of the North Central District Retired Workers’ Newsletter for nearly 20 years. David had a great love for music and enjoyed playing a variety of instruments, singing, leading choirs, and composing. He was known for his humble, caring spirit. David was predeceased by his wife; he is survived by son Arnold; daughter Paulette; 3 grandchildren; and 6 great grandchildren.

Stephanie Welty

November 24, 1958–July 25, 2015

Stephanie was born in White Plains, N.Y. On September 6, 1980, she married Rev. James (Jim) F. Welty. She received her BS in missions from Nyack (N.Y.) College. During 30 years of C&MA ministry, Stephanie served alongside Jim at the Children’s Chapel in the Lima (Ohio) Rescue Home (1980–1983), Alliance Church in Belvidere, N.J. (1983–1984), and Community Chapel of the C&MA in Southbury, Conn., which she and Jim founded and where she taught in the children’s program for many years (1987–2015). She was known fondly as “Miss Stephanie” to the youngsters there. Stephanie was a beloved local piano teacher for more than 10 years and was known for her creativity, which inspired her to start a small jewelry business called the Cracked Bead. Her friends knew her as a kind, compassionate, wise woman of faith with a gift for hospitality. She died at Waterbury (Conn.) Hospital after a six-year battle with kidney disease.
Stephanie is survived by her husband and daughters Abigail and Emma.

Ronald (Ron) Edwin Eastman

November 3, 1936–August 1, 2015

Ron grew up on a farm in South Dakota. He attended South Dakota State University and served two years in the U.S. Army, including 15 months in Korea. On May 24, 1958, he married Marilyn Jedlicka. Ron started his business career with General Mills as a junior accountant. In 1966, he accepted a position with Carlson Companies as a general accounting manager but soon transitioned into real estate. He was executive vice president of Carlson Properties when the Marriott recruited him to be vice president of Hotel Development. During his 30-year career with the company, Ron was promoted to vice president of Real Estate Development, vice president of Resort Development, and Global Group vice president. He worked there until his retirement in 2009. Ron served in his local church as a chairman, elder, and treasurer as well as in the nursery and vacation Bible school. He was passionate about Christian higher education and desired to encourage future generations in their faith and service. He also had a gift for administration and served as chairman of many boards, including Nyack (N.Y.) College, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, and Shell Point Retirement Community and was a member of the C&MA Board of Directors, C&MA Audit Committee, and Gideons International. He was known for his wisdom, leadership ability, and generous giving and is remembered most of all for his commitment to Christ. Ron is survived by his wife; daughters Deborah and Patricia; 3 grandchildren; and 1 great grandchild.

Rev. James (Jim) Leroy Evans

December 10, 1919–August 14, 2015

Born in Altoona, Pa., Jim was a World War II Navy veteran. He attended Geneva (N.Y.) College, the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College), and Pittsburgh (Pa.) Seminary. While at Nyack, Jim and his twin brother, Gene, formed a quartet with Latham Fitch and Jim Harr called the Missionaries, of which Jim was the last surviving member. On September 6, 1947, Jim married Anna Jean. For 35 years they served as C&MA missionaries to India. Jim also was secretary for the Board of Directors for Ramabai-Mukti Mission in India. Upon retiring from overseas ministry, Jim was an interim pastor in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and then moved to Harrisburg, Pa., where he was active in the Alliance church. After Anna passed away, Jim married Dorothy Conley on August 4, 1998. They lived in Harrisburg, Pa., and later moved to Grove City, Pa. On their 17th wedding anniversary, Jim was hospitalized and was soon admitted to hospice care at Chapel Pointe in Carlisle, Pa. With Dorothy by his side, he entered the Lord’s presence. A quiet, reserved man, Jim loved to sing and was known for his devotion to the Lord. Jim was predeceased by his wife Anna; he is survived by his second wife Dorothy; daughter Carol; sons John and David; stepsons Douglas, Ernest, and Jeffrey; 7 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; 7 step-grandchildren; and 5 step–great grandchildren.

Gordon (Gordie) Fisher

November 25, 1949–August 15, 2015

Gordie was born in Minneola, N.Y. At the age of three, he traveled with his family by cargo ship to Hanoi, Vietnam, where his parents served as C&MA missionaries. Eventually the family returned to the United States, and Gordie attended St. Paul Bible College (now Crown College in St. Bonifacius, Minn.) and the University of Minnesota. On July 29, 1972, he married Patricia (Patty) Reigel. For 31 years Gordie was the executive director of Big Sandy Camp and Retreat Center (McGregor, Minn.). His impact on thousands of campers and staff members will never be fully realized in this life. Gordie’s career was cut short by a diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia, and he retired in 2005. Gordie is survived by his wife; daughters Emily and Rachel; and 6 grandchildren.

Rev. Spencer (Spence) Theodore Sutherland, DMin

November 24, 1930–August 18, 2015

Spence was born in New York to Rev. Frank and Gertrude Sutherland. The family moved to southern California, where Spence attended San Jose State College. There he met Barbara June Baker from Turlock, Calif. They married on December 18, 1954. Spence also attended Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, Calif.) and Simpson University (Redding, Calif.). He received his doctor of ministry from American Baptist Seminary of the West (Berkeley, Calif.). Spence began his nearly 40 years of C&MA ministry in a start-up church in Vallejo, Calif. (1956–1957). In 1957, the Sutherlands were appointed to Vietnam as C&MA missionaries. They initially served in youth work in Saigon, but Spence spent most of his Vietnam years teaching at the Bible School in Nha Trang, where he inspired many men and women to commit to ministry. The family returned to the United States in 1973. After completing his doctoral studies, Spence joined the new Alliance College of Theology in Canberra, Australia. After a decade in Australia, he returned to California to work with the Vietnamese Alliance Church and helped to found the Vietnam School of Divinity. He devoted himself to training pastors and lay leaders, taking a two-year hiatus to return to Melbourne, Australia, as teaching pastor at the Evangelical Chinese Church. Upon his return to California, Spence developed educational materials in Vietnamese to train pastors and laypeople in Vietnam, using the theological education by extension (TEE) method, which he had employed extensively while in Australia. Spence tenderly cared for Barbara as she battled Parkinson’s disease. After she passed away December 20, 2010, he married Olga Scolari November 1, 2011. Spence was predeceased by his wife Barbara; he is survived by his second wife Olga; daughters Betsy and Jill; sons Ronald and Spencer; and his grandchildren.

Carolyn Jane Jenkins

January 24, 1930–August 27, 2015

Born in Scranton, Pa., Carolyn attended the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College). She served as a missionary with Beefhide Gospel Mission in Warbranch, Ky., and at the Warbranch C&MA Church (1955–1966), First Alliance Church in Hendersonville, N.C. (1998–1999), and Mullen Bible Camp in Lake Lure, N.C. She also worked for Christian Publications, Inc. for 10 years. Carolyn enjoyed playing the piano, handiwork, visiting the elderly, and reading. She was known for her servant’s heart and her love for the Lord. Carolyn is survived by her three brothers and many nieces and nephews.

Melba T. Stumbo

March 7, 1919–December 14, 2015

The fifth of 10 children, Melba was nine years old when she attended an evangelistic service with her father and received Christ as her Savior. To obtain a high school education, she left home at age 14 to work as a live-in housekeeper. Melba received her BA from Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minn. While teaching vacation Bible school at Sauk Rapids (Minn.) Alliance Church, she met Paul Stumbo, who was the pastor. They married September 1, 1941. During more than 52 years of C&MA ministry, the couple served in nine churches throughout Iowa, North Dakota, Wyoming, and Minnesota. The Stumbos moved to Montana in 1976 when Paul became the Rocky Mountain District superintendent. After his death in 1987, Melba continued to make Billings her home for the next 20 years. She was very involved at the Montana Rescue Mission and First Alliance Church and had a special love for discipleship, missions, and prayer. In 2007, she moved to Perham, Minn., and enjoyed new friendships and wonderful times with children and grandchildren. Melba is remembered for her hard work, great cooking, embroidered dish towels, garage sales, and, most of all, her commitment to prayer. She interceded daily for each of her 91 family members by name. Melba was predeceased by her husband; she is survived by daughters Delores, Darlene, Dori, and Denise; sons James and John; and 63 grandchildren and great grandchildren.

4 responses to With the Lord

  1. I am so grateful to see news of my old friends Spence and Barb Surherland. They were friends of mine in Australia. Take my life and let it be will always be their theme song. I’ m sure their reward is great. God bless them

  2. David Rambo is one of my favorite heros. He knew people, understood their giftings, skills. He “channeled” me toward education and teaching, rather than development skills. His words were, “we’ll find the right size door for you Tom.” And he did. And he was right. I miss his leadership and his Godly life.

  3. Hi, Don,
    Thanks for checking on your father’s obituary. It hasn’t run yet and will be published in the May/June issue. Do you need a copy sent to you? Please let me know and I will arrange for you to receive one.

    Blessings,
    Julie Daube, Assistant Editor

  4. Hello.
    Can you tell me if my father,
    Dr. Donald A. Miller … has been featured
    in the “With the Lord” section of the
    Alliance Life yet? I sent material in
    several weeks ago. He passed away in November. Thank you for checking.

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